We got to tour the golf course and learn its inner workings. We also got to ride around in golf carts and pet some really cute cats.
“It was a lot of fun. There was a lot of groundskeeping addressed, as well as upkeep of grass and lakes. The best parts of the tour were when we were having fun in our golf carts in between the sessions of actual learning.” – David Harty
Arena Department Session
The Arena hosts a variety of events such as concerts, graduations, and recently the Potawatomi Fire Basketball Team. We were given a tour of the Arena and learned what it takes to make these events run.
Sac and Fox Powwow
“The Sac and Fox Powwow felt more festive than the Potawatomi version, however it also felt less traditional. The Potawatomi Powwow had an aspect of culture and heritage in it, whereas the Sac and Fox felt more like it was a celebration. However, I feel the only reason I see it this way is because I am Potawatomi and I understand and notice the small details throughout the Potawatomi Powwow. One thing I did really enjoy about the Sac and Fox powwow was how they supported local craftsmen and women by helping vendors set up shops. In addition I also enjoyed the intense use of color and decoration by many of the dancers, there were these beautiful headdresses made of eagle feathers and precious metals. I feel more connected to the Potawatomi Powwow but the Sac and Fox Powwow opened my eyes to many new styles and concepts and I have come to appreciate them.” – Jaden Tarter
“We talked a lot about how we can stay involved in our Native American culture even when we are far from Shawnee, such as going to powwows for other tribes. We can dance at these intertribal powwows and there are ways that we can learn how to dance even if we can’t come to powwows or go to the Family Reunion Festival each year. There are differences between each tribe, but the most important thing is to just stay involved in any way we can. Not everyone will be dancers, but there are many other ways that people can stay connected to their culture and practice our native traditions. It is essential to practice these traditions in a respectful way and to respect the traditions of other tribes that we may come across.” – Sophia Carney
Rural Water District #3
We got to tour the different plants the RWD #3 operates and their headquarters.
Meeting with Chairman and Vice Chairman
We had the opportunity to sit down with the Chairman and Vice Chairman to learn about the history of CPN’s tribal leadership and their wisdom on a variety of topics.
We had language class in the morning. We learned how to say prayers in Potawatomi. We spent the majority of this day working on our final projects and catching up on other assignments.
Rodeo came to town!